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A Solar Plane to Circumnavigate the Globe

January 22, 2015 3:08 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Two pilots hope to make aviation history in the coming weeks by circumnavigating the globe in a plane powered entirely by solar panels. This feat will not only mean going down in history books, but it will also mark a starting point for greener alternatives in aviation.

The Company That Can Find Planes Lost to Sea

January 21, 2015 3:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bluefin Robotics designs, develops, builds and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for defense, commercial and scientific customers from all over the globe. However, their products are now most notably being employed for plane recovery.   

Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 2:21 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacturing robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, his interaction with humans, and his day-to-day work. 

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 21, 2015 2:02 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Doug McIntyre talks about which companies are filing patents for new technology and leading the way in innovation.                                       

13 Year Old Builds Braille Printer With Legos, Starts Company

January 20, 2015 10:35 am | by Terence Chea, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.        

Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Adam Schreck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month.   

Four Big Hits, One Miss at Detroit Auto Show

January 15, 2015 3:17 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Check out some of the top hits and misses from Detroit's auto show.                                                     

3D Pen Makes Your Drawings Come to Life

January 15, 2015 3:13 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The future of doodling just became 3D. The new 3Doodler is a pen that allows a person to create drawings that literally leap off the page and are three-dimensional.                         

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This Car Lets You Bring Your Fish Along for the Ride

January 14, 2015 3:10 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

There have been a lot of interesting announcements out of the Detroit Auto show this week, but none as strange as the car featured by China’s Gac group.                            

Trucks Roll In at the Detroit Auto Show

January 14, 2015 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

On the heels of Ford’s North American Truck of the Year Award win for the aluminum F-150 truck, other automakers have announced updates to their line of trucks for the upcoming model years.                 

Photo of the Day: Guns Manufactured on the Steps of Texas Capitol

January 14, 2015 10:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

See the photo of one gun advocacy group's unique form of demonstration in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                         

Hyundai Reveals a New Take on Trucks

January 13, 2015 2:33 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

One of the more shocking and unexpected concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is undoubtedly the Hyundai Santa Cruz.                                    

The Next Housing Solution Could Be 3D Printing

January 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What Wikipedia did for information, Alastair Parvin and his colleagues hope the WikiHouse Foundation will do for house building by opening up architectural design plans to everyone and allowing people to 3D print materials to build a house.   

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Weekend Marked by Good News, Bad News for SpaceX

January 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning.            

Photo of the Day: GM's Newest Environmentally Friendly Addition

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at GM's newest electric car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                        

VW, Ford Take Top Awards at Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2015 10:03 am | by Jeff Karoub & Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

This is the 22nd year for the awards at the Detroit Auto show, and this year the awards were given to Ford for the North American Truck of the Year and VW for the North American Car of the Year.                

Nissan Introduces New Titan Pickup with Diesel Engine

January 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2016 Titan has a new Cummins diesel engine that Nissan says will give the truck the power and capability of a heavy-duty truck at the price of a light-duty one. Ford and GM don't offer diesels on their light-duty trucks. Chrysler's Ram does, but Nissan's Cummins V8 diesel is more powerful than Ram's V6, and can tow more.

Nissan, NASA To Work Together on Self-Driving Technology

January 9, 2015 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.                                       

Mercedes-Benz Introduces the Car of the Future

January 6, 2015 2:12 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

According to Dieter Zetsche, chief executive officer of Daimler AG, the search for the car of the future is over and Mercedes-Benz has made it.                               

Hands-On With the Coolest Drones Invading CES

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Consumer drone companies are looking to keep drone fever alive at CES 2015. At the show this year, several companies are showing off new drones with features that should make them smaller, cheaper and expand the possibilities of what a consumer drone can do. 

NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft Technology

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, engineers have been working to develop an inflatable heat shield to help devise a way to one day land astronauts on Mars.                       

Hasbro To Replace Phallic Play-Doh Toy

January 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hasbro is doing damage control over a  penis-shaped plastic cylinder extruder tool included with its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy.                                 

Technology Could Have Tracked Missing AirAsia Flight

December 30, 2014 12:58 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

How could another commercial jet disappear? The technology needed to track it already exists, but it wasn't onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Here's what's stopping airlines from adopting a live-streaming black box.           

Wind Tree Uses Micro-Turbine Leaves to Generate Electricity

December 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A French start-up says its Wind Tree is ideal for urban environments, harnessing the most gentle of winds to produce power through its micro-turbine leaves.                           

Tesla Upgrades Roadster Car for More Efficiency

December 29, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla said improvements it is making to its older Roadster model will let the electric car travel about 400 miles on a single charge.                                 

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